We continue to focus on prescription narcotic pain medications in our articles because they're so heavily abused today and there are so many people dependent on them. It's sad because most people didn't realize the degree their life would change when they first started experimenting with pain medications because addiction isn't something you can truly imagine unless you've been there.
Prescription narcotic pain relievers are not only addictive, there are serious side effects associated with opiate medications.
Narcotic pain relievers like Demerol are abused quite often anymore and many young people are finding out just how addictive and dangerous this prescription pain medication can be when it's misused. Once a person becomes dependent on Demerol they soon realize what addiction really entails and without help, their life will continue to spin out of control.
What is Demerol (Meperidine)?
Demerol (brand name for Meperidine) is used medically for the relief of moderate to severe pain and is classified as a Schedule II Substance because the potential for abuse is so high. Demerol can also be habit forming and a person can become dependent on the pain reliever very easily especially when the medication is abused. The use of Demerol can lead to tolerance and physical dependence resulting in withdrawal symptoms so should never be misused or abused. Demerol doesn't relieve pain by blocking nerve endings like some pain medications do. Demerol alters the perception of pain in the spinal cord and central nervous system and also affects pleasure centers in the brain, causing feelings of pleasure instead of pain.
How is Demerol Administered?
Demerol comes in liquid or tablet form that's taken orally or can also be administered by intramuscular injection into a large muscle or intravenously.
Demerol's (Meperidine) Side Effects?
There are many different side effects associated with Demerol and some can be very serious and should not be taken lightly.
- Changes in mood
- Changes in vision
- Breathing problems
- Urination difficulties
Changes in heartbeat-slow, fast, or pounding and stiffening or twitching of the muscles are also side effects associated with Demerol use and abuse.
How is Demerol Abused?
Demerol is abused in various ways which include orally, snorting crushed tablets, or by injection.
Why is Demerol Abused?
Demerol is abused because of the pleasurable high that's experienced when the pain medication is administered, especially in high doses. Demerol is an opioid and like other opiate medications is a commonly abused drug that many people abuse for the euphoric experience.
Demerol Tolerance and Addiction
Tolerance - Demerol is an opioid medication and with repeated use even patients who are taking Demerol for legitimate chronic pain can become tolerant of their dose after a while and need to have it increased. The same holds true for individuals that abuse Demerol for the pleasurable high, with repeated use, their dose needs to increase in order to get the same effects.
Addiction - Demerol is a habit forming opiate pain reliever and with repeated use can lead to mental and physical dependence. When a person is addicted to Demerol they experience strong cravings to repeat their use because of withdrawal symptoms they experience when the pain medication is wearing off.
Demerol Withdrawal Symptoms
When a person is dependent on Demerol they can begin to experience withdrawal symptoms within four to five hours after their last dose. Demerol withdrawal symptoms can include severe anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, profuse sweating, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, chills, and tremors. Intensity of withdrawal symptoms is different for everyone, it depends on the level of addiction a person has to Demerol. Demerol cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal are emotionally and physically uncomfortable so it's hard for a person to completely stop their use by themselves.
Yes, an overdose of Demerol (Meperidine) can take place if a person unintentionally or purposely takes more than the recommended dose. Overdose symptoms can include breathing problems (shallow, slow or breathing stops), intense sleepiness, lightheadedness, clammy, cold skin, slow heartbeat, weak pulse, nausea, blurry vision, dizziness, fainting, and coma.
Hopefully knowing the facts about Demerol and how easily a person can become addicted to the narcotic pain reliever will make a person think twice before they misuse the medication for non-medical reasons.